Awards for Jewish Care staff

October 30, 2015 by Jenna Chaitowitz
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Jewish Care Victoria’s Staff and Volunteer Service & Excellence Awards have been held in Melbourne.

The annual event started in 2011 and acknowledges the work of the organisation’s 600 staff and almost 500 volunteers.

Ruby Kraner-Tucci, Marilyn Kraner, Mike Debinski, Sharon Malecki, Cassandra Barrett

Ruby Kraner-Tucci, Marilyn Kraner, Mike Debinski, Sharon Malecki, Cassandra Barrett

Bill Appleby, Jewish Care CEO gave glowing praise to all staff and volunteers, “From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your ongoing commitment to the provision of dignified, haimish care and support, of our community. Every day, each and every one of you proves that hard work, dedication, resourcefulness and excellence, can achieve incredible things!”

Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Jane Lothringer, a resident of Montefiore Homes who has also volunteered at every Jewish Care fundraising telethon for over 10 years. At 88, Jane is always around at every opportunity to lend a helping hand to other residents and at staff and community events.

The Samuel H. Harris award for excellence above and beyond expectation was presented to Cameron Mackay, Jewish Care Chief Information Officer. Since joining Jewish Care in 2011, Cameron has transformed a tired and outdated IT and communications infrastructure into a best-of-breed solid operating environment across multiple campuses. A recent independent review highlighted that the IT Department was found to be the most cost effective compared to industry benchmarks as well as enjoying the highest levels of internal customer satisfaction across the organisation.

Maria Sumovskaya, Josh Piterman, Magali Kaplan

Maria Sumovskaya, Josh Piterman, Magali Kaplan

President of Jewish Care, Michael Debinski stated that the passion and dedication to excellence in service provision is part of a long-standing tradition of care for the organisation, “We are extremely proud to have staff and volunteers of this calibre as part of Jewish Care. Their contribution helps to build an inclusive community where everyone, regardless of age, background or ability, can contribute and thrive.”

Pinchas Cylich, Feygl Cylich, Jane Lothringer

Pinchas Cylich, Feygl Cylich, Jane Lothringer

Berry Liberman, Co-founder of Small Giants and Publisher and Editor of Dumbo Feather magazine was the keynote speaker who inspired the audience with her stories and insights into what has motivated her to achieve her life’s passions with a goal of changing the world we live in.

The evening closed with entertainer Josh Piterman, who is currently starring in Andrew Lloyd Webber musical ‘Cats’. Starting with a jazzy rendition of ‘Feeling Good’, followed by a moving performance of ‘The Music of The Night’ from The Phantom of The Opera, and closing with the uplifting aria ‘Nessun Dorma’, Josh dazzled the room with his vocal range and charismatic stage presence.

Other award categories and winners included:

President’s Award – Joint recipients Sammantha Hewitt, Organisational Development Manager and Melinda Kidgell, Program Manager Client Services

Ethos Award – Joint recipients Tamara Zeltsman, Lifestyle Coordinator and Rabbi Yosef Nerenberg, Manager Jewish Life

Mike Debinski (Jewish Care Victoria President), Berry Liberman, Bill Appleby (Jewish Care Victoria CEO)

Mike Debinski (Jewish Care Victoria President), Berry Liberman, Bill Appleby (Jewish Care Victoria CEO)

CEO Customer Service Award Ayal Tusia, Marketing and Communications Manager

Team of The Year – Holocaust Survivor Support Program

Professional Development ScholarshipsAlfred Cherian, Prahran Grove House Supervisor, Maria Galivets, Personal Care Worker and Sally Anne Winters, Enrolled Nurse and ACFI Coordinator.

Ethos Mission AwardMarilyn Kraner, Manager Individual and Family Services and Mark Joel, General Manager Community.

Service Awards – Also acknowledged, were staff and volunteers who have given 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service to Jewish Care.

The awards were held in Malvern Town Hall.

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